DBA Mixer at The Purple Room, Cat City Drag Race, “Calamity Jane” Sing-a-Long, The Gay Man’s Guide to Sex, Jazzville: Jason Hanna Quintet, “Squeeze My Cans” benefit performances, Senior Expo at Mizell, Stonewall in the Desert Awards, plus a weekend preview!

DBA Mixer at The Purple Room

The Desert Business Association visits DBA member Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club on Monday, October 7 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. for their Networking Mixer. This mixer will recognize the 6th Anniversary of the Purple Room Supper Club. You will learn more about their upcoming season AND get a taste of what they have to offer. Free for members, $10 for “future members.” RSVP requested. More info

Cat City Drag Race Final Night of Competition at Trunks

Help the Cathedral City Gay Bars find the “Royal Highness of Cat City” during the Cathedral City Drag Race, at the final night of competition at Trunks Bar on Monday, October 7, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Contestants will be scored by local celebrity judges–including KGAY‘s own morning host John Taylor–based on originality, themed outfit, personality, and performance. With weekly prizes and audience favorites, the contestant with the most points at the finish line wins the title! Hosted by Anita Treadmill with music by DJ Galaxy from KGAY 106.5. More info



Calamity Jane Sing-Along with Among Friends

Join Among Friends Palm Springs for another fun singalong event at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, this time showing the Doris Day film “Calamity Jane.” Lyrics are provided. Includes a special guest performance by Cher-Javier! Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
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The Gay Men’s Guide to Sex

The LGBT Community Center of The Desert and Eisenhower Health jointly present The Gay Men’s Guide to Sex on Wednesday, October 9 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Del Rosario for a broad overview of gay male sexual practices in the medical aspect.  An in-depth question and answer session will follow. This is a FREE event but space is limited. Registration is requested. More info


Jazzville: Jason Hanna Quintet

Jazzville Palm Springs presents the Jason Hanna Quintet on Wednesday, October 9 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. at Wang’s in the Desert. One song to the next, this retro suit & tie quintet jumps, jives and wails on jazz of the 40s, 50s and 60s. The Jason Hanna Quintet brings a youthful energy to the Great American and Latin Songbooks. Steeped in the tradition of classic jazz, Hanna creates a vintage nostalgia reminiscent of sounds from Frank Sinatra to Herb Alpert. Get tickets

“Squeeze My Cans” – Surviving Scientology at Dezart Performs

Dezart Performs is holding a special one-time only fundraising event, presenting Cathy Schenkelberg‘s explosive one-woman show “Squeeze My Cans,” on Monday and Tuesday, October 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the Desert Rose Playhouse stage in Rancho Mirage. The Church of Scientology had Schenkelberg for 14 years of her young, adult life. It took another 5 years for her to escape and she now shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of this strangely hilarious and unbelievably horrifying story. Get tickets

Senior Expo at Mizell

Mizell Senior Center is pleased to present their 30th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo on Friday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Once again they will be offering free flu shots sponsored by Desert Oasis Healthcare, expo booths highlighting products and services for seniors, a free farmers market thanks to their partnership with FIND Foods, plus BBQ lunch, raffle and prizes! More info

Stonewall in the Desert Awards

The Desert Stonewall Democrats present their 2nd Annual Stonewall in the Desert Awards on Friday, October 11 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the home of David Freedman. They will be honoring two incredible individuals: Hon. Ginny Foat and the late Hon. Greg Pettis, as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Democrats themselves. Get tickets


NEXT WEEK: Business Expo and Taste of Palm Springs

The Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. at the beautiful Colony 29 and will include a taste of over 30 valley restaurants, wine and beer tasting, a cocktail bar, and live entertainment. Over 100 local businesses will showcase their products and services, and Gay Desert Guide along with KGAY 106.5 will be there with a booth too–stop by and say hi! More info

NEXT WEEK: Musical Mondays at Acqua

Acqua California Bistro and David Green’s Musical Theatre University continue their outstanding and very entertaining series of dinner theatre with “Nunsense,” (the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history). This production stars Tony-nominated actress Jonelle Allen and a talented cast of alumni from MTU for a five-week run of Monday evening performances starting Monday, October 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket includes show, three-course meal, tax, and gratuity. More info


Gay Desert Guide Map & Calendar Fall/Pride Edition

Whether you’re visiting Greater Palm Springs, have guests coming to town, or you live here and would like to get to know it better, Gay Desert Guide’s free Map & Calendar gets you oriented to the best nightlife, happy hours, restaurants & bars, attractions and events.  Pick up your free copy at visitor’s centers, hotels and gay resorts around town. Keep a copy in your guest room so your visiting friends know what we at Gay Desert Guide know:
Greater Palm Springs has a lot to offer our LGBT locals and visitors alike!

Look for the latest Map & Calendar around town, later this week!

Fran Drescher Kicks Off Outlandish Performance Series

America’s favorite Nanny, Fran Drescher, is performing a show for the first time in Palm Springs on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. In “Schmoozing With Fran Drescher”, the legendary actress/comedian/activist shares, in her unique voice, both hilarious and poignant stories of her life. Upcoming performers include: Margaret Cho, Coco Peru, Miss Richfield 1981, Leslie Jordan, and Randy Rainbow. Get tickets

Bear Weekend: Western Xposure #8

Western Xposure is a bear weekend event that’s “whatever you want it to be,” and this 8th edition is running from Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13 at CCBC Resort. While the vibe is laid-back and the structure loose, there’s plenty to do with pool parties, dinners, great music, free lunch BBQ’s, happy hours, show tunes cabaret, leather cruising, a “Foam & Frolic” party, and more! Get tickets

Joshua Tree Music Festival

The fall season iteration of the twice-annual Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground this weekend, October 10–13 with continuous live music, yoga from sunrise to sunset, kids activities, magical visual arts, healthy food options, inspiring playshops, world market, Astronomy Theater, and much more. JTMF is known for curating a line-up of up and coming, dance frenzy inspiring artists from all around the globe. Get tickets

Tejano Music Festival

The 3rd Annual Tejano Music Fest features free admission with the best Tejano music, fiesta food and spirits at Cathedral City’s Big League Dreams Sports Park on Saturday, October 12 from 5:00–11:00 p.m. Tejano music has the essence of both English and Spanish lyrics and a mix of pop, country and polka music. Besides the music and dance, attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy Tejano-inspired food and beverages, and shop from local merchandisers. More info

13th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink

The Desert Cancer Foundation’s 13th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink walk for breast cancer awareness takes place on Saturday, October 12 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. The event will take over the entire street of El Paseo, from Portola to Hwy 74. Surrounded by the gorgeous, lush landscape and boutique shops, walkers will enjoy live music, djs, browse merchant shops, all while helping to support life-saving breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services for our local valley residents. More info

Make Love, Make Money, Make a Difference

The exclusively Lesbian conference “Make Love, Make Money, Make a Difference” takes place from October 11–13 at the Riviera Palm Springs. Whether you are single and looking for love, or in a relationship and would like to learn a deeper way of connecting, this dynamic weekend is for you. In an atmosphere of connection and privacy, you will have an opportunity to meet new friends who are also on their journey to Intimacy, conscious love and wealth. Get tickets


Golden Grapes Wine Tasting at the Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents their monthly poolside wine tasting series Golden Grapes, on Sunday, October 13 from 12:00–5:00 p.m. This day-long bacchanalia with Palm Springs Wine Fest celebrates the best wine makers, grapes and grape lovers in California with wine tastings, small bites and a poolside soundscape. This time they are pouring from a flight of five wines from Amy Atwood Selections. More info

Tyler Henry, “The Hollywood Medium” Live at The Show

Tyler Henry, the star of E! Entertainment’s mega hit television show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, comes to The Show at Agua Caliente on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. In “Life Lessons I’ve Learned from The Departed” Tyler discusses his unique gift and how it affects his everyday life with a multi-media video presentation, plus live audience readings and audience Q&A. Get tickets